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Fellowship for young women entrepreneurs connects rising stars from US and Jordan Samuel Wendel |3 November 2015 | Wamda

OHI Demo Day Zinc Yara Al-Khader, founder and CEO of SA3ED.ME, pitches to judges during Demo Day at ZINC. (Images via Sam Wendel)

"Recommendation services have changed the way we find every other type of art. Music, movies, books, fashion, good food. They've yet to impact the way we find visual art for our walls," said Tara Reed, her voice rising authoritatively as she addressed a panel of expectant investors, their eyes following her every move. "At Kollecto, we're building the first recommendation service to do just that." As the CEO of a rising startup, investment pitches like this are a common occurrence for Reed and other entrepreneurs. But this was no ordinary pitch, and Reed is not your average entrepreneur. As the female CEO of a startup, Reed and other women worldwide face numerous obstacles that their male counterparts do not. As a result, many promising and innovative businesses founded and run by women are at risk of failure - and for the wrong reasons. (read more...)

"Burma Telling Its Own Story" The final work published by the reporting fellows who participated in our journalism fellowship program in Myanmar can be seen on the GlobalPost Special Report "A Burmese Journey," as well on the GroundTruth blog and Huffington Post's Burma Journal blog:

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Press Releases

7 October 2015: From Entrepreneur to Citizen Ambassador - 20 Exceptional Female Founders to Partake in the "Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs"

11 June 2015: Startup Diplomacy: Investing in Female Founders from New York to Amman

3 May 2013: Supporting Freedom of Expression in Myanmar: 20 Top, Young Journalists to Partake in the "Burma Telling Its Own Story" Cultural Exchange & Journalism Fellowship

1 March 2013: Burma Telling Its Own Story: Open Hands Initiative, The GroundTruth Project, and GlobalPost "Special Reports" announce a reporting fellowship for 20 top, young journalists

24 April 2012:MTV Voices, Liquid Comics Partners in New Online Superhero Webseries

6 May 2011: American & Syrian Youths Create New Disabled Superhero – The Silver Scorpion

9 February 2011: Comic Book Builds a Bridge Between Syria and the United States

1 August 2010: Private US Foundation Extends "Open Hand" to Syria

On Air

Aung San Suu Kyi Dinner

ASSK Remarks

June 29, 2013

Interview with Jay Snyder (Burmese)

RFA Interview

June 30, 2103

Radio Free Asia (Burmese)

July 1, 2013

CGI Commitment

September 21, 2010

artist sketch of the Silver Scorpion

VOA Afghanistan (Dari)

February 9, 2011


Al-Hurra Interview (Arabic)

October 26, 2010


English Language Archives

16 July 2013 People-to-People Diplomacy in a New Myanmar (Jay Snyder, Huffington Post)
10 July 2013 The Road to Mandalay: Reporting fellows Ben Schreckinger, Diana Markosian, and Aye Thiri Sein's article about the Burma Road is published on Newsweek.
5 March 2013 Burma Telling Its Own Story: A reporting fellowship for young journalists (GlobalPost)
5 May 2012 Liquid Comics, MTV Voices, And Open Hands Initiative Debuts "Silver Scorpion" Webcomic (Geek News MTV)
25 April 2012 U.S.-Syrian Superhero "Silver Scorpion" Debuts as MTV Web Series (The Hollywood Reporter)
18 April 2012 Newsweek & The Daily Beast-Open Hands Prize for Commentary (Daily Beast)
18 October 2011 In Cairo, Journalists Find Strong Allies (GlobalPost)
17 October 2011 Ambassador Patterson Remarks at Dinner Hosted by Open Hands Initiative and GlobalPost (U.S. Embassy Cairo)
17 October 2011 "Covering a Revolution" Fellows Report on History in the Making (ProFellow)
21 November 2011 GlobalPost's "Egypt Voices" Series Looks at All Aspects of Revolution (PBS Newshour)
1 August 2011 Silver Scorpion: Syrian and American Youth on the Same Page (Ability Magazine)
20 July 2011 Announcing the "Covering a Revolution" Journalism Fellowship (GlobalPost)
6 May 2011 10 Coolest Free Comic Book Day Titles (WIRED Magazine)
4 May 2011 A Guide for the Perplexed: Your Trusty FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Checklist (NPR Monkey See Blog)
23 March 2011 Can a Disabled Muslim Comic Book Superhero Save the World? (TIME Magazine)
26 September 2010 New Muslim Comic Book Superhero on the Way(Associated Press)
09 September 2010 Private US Foundation Extends Open Hands to Syria and Victor Pineda: The road might be daunting, but everyone has talents no matter their disabilities (Syria Forward Magazine)
28 August 2010 Doors Start to Open to Activists in Syria (New York Times)
12 August 2010 The Obama Effect on Public Diplomacy (Layalina Productions)
2 August 2010 Obama's Cairo Speech Yields Fruit in Damascus, a Year Later (Christian Science Monitor)